U.S. Department of Energy

Wind Energy Technologies Office

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office is committed to helping the nation secure affordable sources of renewable energy through the development and deployment of innovative wind power technologies.

 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.


Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Wind Energy Information

The BLM manages 20.6 million acres of public lands with wind potential. The BLM’s Lands and Realty Management program has authorized 40 wind energy development projects with a total approved capacity of 5608 megawatts, enough to supply the power needs of over 2 million homes. In addition, the BLM has authorized hundreds of wind energy testing sites with 59 pending and 33 authorized energy testing applications. For more information view the BLM wind energy fact sheet.

EIS for Western Federal Lands

The BLM Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluates issues associated with wind energy development on Western public lands (excluding Alaska).


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Wind Energy Development Information

The mission of the USFWS is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. As part of this, the USFWS implements statutes including the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. These statutes prohibit taking (harming) of federally listed species, migratory birds, and eagles unless otherwise authorized.

Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance

The USFWS Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance (ECPG) provides specific in-depth guidance for conserving bald and golden eagles in the course of siting, constructing, and operating wind energy facilities.

 

Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

Overview:

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines were released in March 2012. The Guidelines are designed to help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats. The voluntary guidelines are intended to help shape the smart siting, design, and operation of the nation’s growing wind energy economy.

Download the Guidelines

Briefing:

On April 9, 2012, NWCC and AWWI hosted a briefing on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines. The briefing included a presentation by USFWS staff David Cottingham (Senior Advisor to the Director) and Christy Johnson-Hughes (National Energy Coordinator) followed by questions and answers.

  • To watch a recording of the webinar, please click here
  • To view the presentation PowerPoint, please click here
  • To review the questions and responses that were not addressed during the webinar briefing, please click here. Responses were provided by USFWS staff who presented on the webinar.

Training:

The Wind Energy Training Broadcast Series covers the voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines and other relevant topics. The bimonthly broadcasts cover emerging issues and provide direction for wind energy facility planning, development, and operations.


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Energy Resources Program

The Energy Resources Program, in response to the US Department of the Interior’s 2012 Energy Frontier Wind Initiative, is charged with utilizing research, modeling, and monitoring to develop a quantitative methodology to assess the ecological impacts associated with the widespread development of wind-farms.

View wind power-related research projects at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

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